Cingular-AT&T Offers Small High Speed Cards

The company announces two new HSDPA-capable laptop data cards that work globally with an ExpressCard slot or a USB port.

Cingular Communications/AT&T is announcing a pair of new HSDPA-capable laptop data cards that work globally, and will work with any laptop computer having either an ExpressCard slot or a USB port.

The ExpressCard version started shipping on April 25, while the USB card starts shipping in about a week.

Both cards are part of AT&Ts LaptopConnect portfolio. The Option GT Max 3.6 Express card is designed for ExpressCard slots, found in newer laptop computers. The Sierra Wireless AirCard 875U works with USB-equipped computers, which is basically all of them. Both of the data cards use AT&Ts 3G BroadbandConnect service. According to the company, they are "slim and stylish."

Both cards also work on Cingulars EDGE network in areas where HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) isnt available, and can also be used in any of the 125 different countries where AT&T has data roaming agreements.

The Option GT Max 3.6 Express card works with Microsoft Windows 2000, XP and Vista, and has a flip-up antenna. The Sierra Wireless AirCard 875U also works with Windows, and in addition will work with Apple Macintosh computers using downloadable software.

Both cards cost $49.99 per month with a two year contract.

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Wayne Rash

Wayne Rash

Wayne Rash is a freelance writer and editor with a 35 year history covering technology. He’s a frequent speaker on business, technology issues and enterprise computing. He covers Washington and...